The new problems in the international market that emerged in the first quarter of 2022 negatively impacted Greece’s marble exports. Statistics show that exports in the first quarter of 2022 reached the levels of 2020, while the pandemic broke out and the first lockdown was coming into effect.
The table below shows the changes in export value and quantity between the first quarter of 2021 and 2022:
The decline is due to decreasing exports of unprocessed marble to China and processed marbles to the U.S. However, the drop was held back by a rise in exports to North African and Arabian Peninsula countries.
In the first quarter of 2022, Greece exported marble to 89 countries.
*The statistics are derived from the analysis of the Tariff Class Codes – Harmonized System (HS) Codes:
251511: Marble and travertine, crude or roughly trimmed.
251512 Marble and travertine, merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape.
680221: Marble, travertine and alabaster articles thereof, simply cut or sawn, with a flat or even surface (excl. With a completely or partly planed, sand-dressed, coarsely or finely ground or polished surface, tiles, cubes and similar articles of subheading 6802.10, setts, curbstones and flagstones).
680291: Marble, travertine and alabaster, in any form (excl. Tiles, cubes and similar articles of subheading 6802.10, imitation jewelery, clocks, lamps and lighting fittings and parts thereof, buttons, original sculptures and statuary, setts, curbstones and flagstones).
*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year
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